Spanish youth rally in Madrid echoes Egypt protests

Thursday, May 19, 2011
By Paul Martin

About 2,000 young people angry over high unemployment have spent the night camping in a famous square in Madrid as a political protest there grows.
A big canvas roof was stretched across Puerta del Sol square, protesters brought mattresses and sleeping bags and volunteers distributed food.
The nature of the peaceful protest, including Twitter messages to alert supporters, echoed the pro-democracy rallies that revolutionised Egypt.
The Madrid protests began on Sunday.
On the first evening, police dispersed the protesters, but on Tuesday they let them stay overnight.
Spain’s 21.3% unemployment rate is the highest in the EU – a record 4.9 million are jobless, many of them young people.

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